This is a great introduction to space and astronomy for children. It is visually very attractive with many stunning images but its real strength is how well thought out and good its content is scientifically. I had wrongly assumed that the DK series was the kind of eye candy you see piled up in bargain book stores with shallow poor content but this is not true in this case. The author Peter Bond is apparently a space journalist and fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and British Interplanetary Society and this expertise certainly shows. The book has really broad and up to date coverage of many topics including the big bang, our place in the universe, the life cycle of stars, black holes, the earth moon and solar system. The other theme is humans and space from early ideas, telescopes, famous discoveries and space missions and a section on how to start star gazing yourself. Content comes in well defined blocks of 2 to 4 pages with a mixture of great pictures and short paragraphs which are quickly and easily digested by those with short attention spans. This would be suitable for children of a wide range from a bright self reading 9 year old like mine right through the teenage years. A great book to have in your kids bedroom which they will dip into again and again over the years.